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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Product Design

Course in clearing
Full-time Art and design

Learn the skills you need for a rewarding career as a product designer and work on design projects with well-known companies.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2019. Call us on now 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? W240
When do I start? September 2019
Placement available? Yes

Course summary

  • Learn the skills you need to become a product, furniture or industrial designer.
  • Experience BA and BSc design projects in first year before selecting your award route.
  • Work on projects with well-known companies.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — with Erasmus funding available for European placements.
  • Discover your career pathway through thematic projects that will make you work-ready, enterprising and globally engaged.

On this creative design course you learn to design consumer products or furniture-related products that are original, attractive, usable and functional. The degree is informed by professional practice and focuses on preparing you for professional employment in the creative industries. You develop knowledge, practical and technical transferable hard and soft skills which lead to careers ranging from design-maker, product designer, furniture designer, entrepreneur and technical designer.

Student View

Watch student Ashley Granter talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Nigel Ball talk about this course.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

The first year is common to all students, from the second year you can choose to study for a BA or a BSc to reflect your chosen career path. On the BA you will learn to take creative risks and innovate manufacturable, user-centred designs. The BSc develops advanced skills in new product innovation and digital technologies.

You learn through

  • studio-based design projects
  • technical workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • work placements
  • live design projects (where appropriate)
  • field trips
  • presentations
  • critique and feedback

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.


The following modules are available on this course. At the end of your first year, you choose which qualification to pursue from year two.

Year 1 (BA and BSc)

Design Practices – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Design Principles – 60 credits, coursework 100%

Year 2 (BA only)

Advanced Design Principles – 60 credits, coursework 100%
Professional Design Practice (Product Design) – 60 credits, coursework 100%

Year 2 (BSc only)

Innovate for Industry – 80 credits, coursework 100%
Advanced Digital and Manufacturing Technologies – 40 credits, coursework 100%

Final Year (BA only)

Graduation Product design Portfolio – 120 credits, coursework 100%

Final Year (BSc only)

New Product Development Project – 120 credits, coursework 100%

Course leaders and tutors

Nigel Ball
Nigel Ball
Senior Lecturer in Design

I am the Course Leader for the BA Product Design course. I teach across all levels of the BA/BSc Product Design course and am currently the Course Leader

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Mark Phillips
Head of Research Centre, Design Director - Design Futures

Head of Research Centre, Design Director at Design Futures

Applied learning

Work placements

You have the opportunity to arrange a placement year in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

You can work for one company for the whole placement, or for several companies to create a diverse portfolio of experiences. Previous students have secured placements with Design Futures, Morphy Richards, and Lowe Alpine, BDP Lighting, Ocee Design and Mazda Europe.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • running your own business
  • becoming a designer-maker
  • industrial designer
  • manufacturing
  • design consultancy
  • digital visualisation
  • education
  • sales
  • marketing

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Dyson
  • Volvo
  • Ron Arad Associates
  • Jaguar Landrover
  • Kenwood
  • Next
  • Fosters and Partners
  • Panasonic
  • Urbis Design
  • Evolution Power Tools
  • Black and Decker
  • Mothercare
  • Thomas Heatherwick Studios
  • Design Futures


The BA (Hons) Product Design course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Course news

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Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • extensive technical workshops
  • computer-driven CNC equipment
  • 3D printing
  • 3D digital tools

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Entry requirements

All students

GCSE English at grade C or 4.

80 UCAS points, including at least 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, one of which must be Art, Design or Graphics, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BA/BSc Product Design with Foundation Year.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19.  The modules displayed below are for the BA (Honours) only. Information on the modules for the BSc (Honours) route can be found in the applied learning section above.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Design Practices Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Design Principles Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Design Principles Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Design Practice (Product Design) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduation Design Portfolio (Product Design) Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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